The History of Henry Esmond, Esq

The History of Henry Esmond, Esq

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Published by Blackfriars Publishing Co. Ltd. in London .

About the Book

What spectacle is more august than that of a great king in exile? Who is more worthy of respect than a brave man in misfortune?' When "Henry Esmond" appeared in 1852, noted writers and critics of the time acclaimed it as the best historical novel ever written. Set in the reign of Queen Anne, the story follows the troubled progress of a gentleman and an officer in Marlborough's army, as he painfully wrestles with an emotional allegiance to the old Tory-Catholic England until, disillusioned, he comes to terms of a kind with the Whiggish-Protestant future. This change also entails a very uncomfortable switch in his affections. The love story of Henry Esmond is charged with sombre, unconscious emotions, yet is skilfully embedded into historical events which are convincing but never too prominent.

About the Edition

Printed by The Colonial Press, C H Simonds & Co. Boston USA
Two volumes bound into 1, Volume I contains Books I & II, Volume II contains Book III

Table of Contents

Book I The early youth of Henry Esmond, up to the time of his leaving Trinity College, in Cambridge.
Book II Contains Mr. Esmond's military life, and other matters appertaining to the Esmond family.
Book III Containing the end of Mr. Esmond's adventures in England.

The Physical Object

xiii, [2], 415, [2], 210p
19 x 13 x 3 centimeters
615 grams

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